Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hexagon-Shaped Globe Sign

Hexagons are such a craze right now.  So I thought I would try a little Something…A Hexagon-Shaped Sign with a Globe stenciled on to the wooden slats.  

We have loved this.  Everyone in my family has commented on how much they like it!

A 3-Dimensional sign to accent a shelf with or would also be fun in a kid's bedroom!

This is how I made mine.  
       Back Strips
1. I cut some thin 1/4 in. plywood strips on the table saw in different widths.  Some are 1 1/2 in. wide and some are 1 in. wide.  The longest the lengths of the boards are is 12-13 in. long.  Some are actually pretty short.  ( I painted them to look like a barn wood finish.)   I painted them white first, once it was dry, I sanded them down and applied some Minwax Dark Walnut stain on them.  

2. I next cut some 3/4 in. thick pine that measures 1/ 1/4 in. wide.  I cut 6 pieces of this 6 in. long each.  I next cut each of the ends at 30 degree angles facing inward.  These pieces form the Hexagon.   I did not paint or stain the pine.  I wanted it to have a more natural finish.

3. I used wood glue and glued the pine pieces onto the strips forming a hexagon. (notice some of the strips hang over the edges of the pine, no worries, I cut them off later with a jig saw!

4.  I let the glue stand overnight or for several hours.

5.  This is what it should look like from the back.

6.  I took a brad nailer and using 5/8 in. brads nailed the strips into the pine from the back.

7. & 8.  I took a a jigsaw and trimmed off the over-hanging strips of plywood.

At this point the Hexagon is finished.  You can keep it plain or I created a stencil in Silhouette Studio and painted it.  This stencil has 4 layers to it.  It is a little involved, but turns out fun!

9.  I made my globe stencil roughly 5.5 in. wide by 6.5 in tall and cut it on my Silhouette Cameo using contact paper.  I trimmed down the edges and placed only the outside of the globe.  

10.  I painted it with a Bahama Blue by Americana and let it dry. 

11.  I next took the inside circle of the globe, punched out the continents and then placed the circle on top of the blue globe.

12.  I next painted the continents in with gray by Craftsmart  paint and let it dry.

 In Silhouette studio I downloaded a banner.  This banner I made to fit over the top of the globe.  it is roughly  5.9 in. long by 2.85 in high.  I then typed the word explore and moved the letters around so that they followed the flow of the banner.

I made another banner the same size at the first banner but left it blank. 

I cut both of them on contact paper using my Silhouette.  

Once the globe was dry,  I painted the banner across it.  

13.   I first took the outside of the blank banner or the stencil of it and laid it across the globe to make a solid white banner.

14.  I then painted in that section of the banner with white paint.

15.  I then removed the blank banner stencil.  When that was dry,

16.  I placed the second banner with the letters cut out of it directly over the top of the white banner.  I then stenciled in only the letters with grey paint to spell out "explore"

and the Hexagon globe is complete, Enjoy!

With much Love & Gratitude,

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

For the Kids… Easter Grass & Jelly Bean Egg Cupcakes!

My friend and I made these cupcakes one year for all of the kids that came to our neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt!

The Grass is made using a simple Kitchen tool...  
A Garlic Press!

1. Bake your cupcakes  2. Make the frosting ( I made mine a little bit stiffer than usual to hold the shape better).  3.  Add green food coloring. 4. place small amount of frosting in garlic press and press onto the cupcakes.  5.  Top with jelly beans!


These are such a cute way to decorate an Easter cupcake!   It would also be fun to use some of the Arrows I offered as a free printable in my previous post to Accent these!  You can find those HERE

Happy Easter!  

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Fry Box Easter Basket & a Free Printable!

A little Twist on an Easter Basket...A Fry Box, Decorated Easter style.  

Here are some supplies you will need. You can put whatever treats you might like inside the Fry Box!  (The labels and arrows are in a printable below for you!)  You can find your Fry boxes from Party supply stores even online supply stores too!

There are even labels for Peeps! The Boxes look cute all wrapped up in Cellophane and tied with Twine!

You can get your download of the Easter Labels here


With Much Love & Gratitiude,

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